Our last vacation was in March. We took an amazing Southern Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean out of San Juan. Now typically, it's not unusual for me to have my vacations planned out a year or so in advance. (Planned out can be read destination picked with a pretty good idea of exactly what I would like to do.) This year was different. January had arrived. My friends and co-workers knew that I was headed to the Caribbean in March, but then what? I was clueless. I had ideas...my top three at the beginning of the year were Australia, Moorea, and Eduador. My husband shot down Ecuador right off the bat. (Though I would still LOVE to go at some point.) Ecuador got replaced with a Mediterranean cruise out of Venice with our friends from London. Moorea fell off the radar. My husband suggested the Grand Canyon. He was a small child the last time he visited, and I've only seen it from 30,000 feet several times. What about coastal Oregon? I checked airfare to Venice. Wow, what happened to airfare to Europe since we went to Rome last summer? The cost for one ticket was what we paid for two last year. Ok, that's out.
I decided in April to take a step towards something people have been saying I should do for years. I selected a host agency and became a travel agent. While looking through the thousands upon thousands of pictures we have taken over the past seven years, it hit me. Yellowstone would be perfect!
I asked my husband for his thoughts, and we locked in on pricing the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. We knew we wanted to stay in a vacation rental for the week instead of a hotel. The general area around Yellowstone had much more to choose from though getting there was going to be a little more expensive. We started thinking of how rushed our three days in the park last year were. A whole week? SOLD!
We found a great rental on Henry's Lake in Idaho (about 15 minutes from Yellowstone's West Entrance). It's also not very far from sites like Quake Lake or Virginia City in Montana. Earthquake Lake was formed by a landslide that occured from the 1959 Hegben Lake Earthquake. Virginia City was a gold mining town in the 1860s.
Now the wait begins...(and yes, we are counting the days...)
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